Mental Health and Wellbeing
The AOD Research Network comprises Western researchers with a range of disciplinary backgrounds including psychology, social work, criminology and public health. The network aims to foster high quality research on critical substance use issues facing communities within South Western and Western Sydney.
EDBI comprises researchers at Western with an active interest in eating disorders and body image. We come from varied disciplines and professional backgrounds including medicine, psychology, nursing, exercise science.
Research has indicated that low rates of mental health literacy and awareness in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) communities, in particular refugee and asylum seeker populations, has often resulted in stigmatised attitudes towards health and wellbeing. This often prevents people in CALD communities from seeking support or disengaging from programs to which they have been referred.
In Australia, mental illness is the largest single cause of disability, with as many as one in 5 people aged 16 to 85 years experiencing a mental illness in any one year. While mental illness across the life-course requires attention, much of the mental illness experienced in adult life has its onset in childhood or adolescence.